Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Mount Clemens History Scan & Share Day

Do your family albums contain historic photos, documents, letters, or other items that offer insight into the Mount Clemens area’s past? Mount Clemens Public Library asks you to dig into those old family albums and storage boxes and bring them to the Mount Clemens History Scan & Share Day on Saturday, March 22 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the library's local history room. During the event, a new high-speed scanner will be used to make digital copies of items documenting the community's past for the library's online local history archive.

Members of the public are invited to share their local history and help build the library's digital history collection. Volunteers will scan your photos, slides or documents while you wait and return your original items to you immediately. The library will keep copies of the scans for its online digital archive, where they will be available to genealogy and local history researchers using the library's web site, while owners will retain their original photos and documents. Contributors who wish to have a copy of the scans for personal use are encouraged to bring along a flash drive to the event.

The library seeks items that reflect Mount Clemens people, places and events. In particular, photos of local scenes and buildings, past residents, social events, homes and neighborhoods, schools, churches and businesses are sought, especially those images taken before 1980.

This is a free event, however registration is requested to assist with planning.  Items will be scanned on a drop-in basis; contributors may experience a wait during busy times. For more information, or to register to attend, phone the library at 586-469-6200.